What is JDF?
|A short video
introduction to JDF concepts courtesty of Mitsubishi.
The JDF is an industry standard designed to simplify information exchange
between different applications and systems in and around the graphic arts
industry. To that end, JDF builds on and extends beyond pre-existing partial
solutions, such as CIP3's Print Production Format (PPF) and Adobe Systems'
Portable Job Ticket Format (PJTF). It also enables the integration of
commercial and planning applications into the technical workflow. JDF
joins the growing number of standards based on XML, ensuring maximum possible
portability between different platforms and ready interaction with Internet-based
systems. More information is available at www.cip4.org.
JDF is a comprehensive XML-based file format and proposed industry standard
for end-to-end job ticket specifications combined with a message description
standard and message interchange protocol.
- JDF is designed to streamline information exchange
between different applications and systems.
- JDF is intended to enable the entire industry, including
media, design, graphic arts, on-demand and e-commerce companies, to
implement and work with individual workflow solutions.
- JDF will allow integration of heterogeneous products
from diverse vendors to create seamless workflow solutions.
The most prominent features of JDF are:
- Ability to carry a print job from genesis through
completion. This includes a detailed description of the creative, prepress,
press, postpress and delivery processes.
- Ability to bridge the communication gap between
production and Management Information Services (MIS). This ability enables
instantaneous job and device tracking as well as detailed pre- and post-calculation
of jobs in the graphic arts.
- Ability to bridge the gap between the customer's
view of product and the manufacturing process by defining a process-independent
product view as well as a process-dependent production view of a print
- Ability to define and track any user-defined workflow
without constraints on the supported workflow models. This includes
serial, parallel, overlapping, and iterative processing in arbitrary
combinations and over distributed locations.
- Ability to do so (1, 2, 3, and 4) under nearly